50 Shades of Ick
Mel here! I love being asked to speak, whether it’s a keynote at a conference or a workshop for a networking group. However this month I received an unusual request: I was asked to speak to the European Women in Business in Melbourne at the launch of 50 Shades of Grey.
Now I haven’t read the books and really didn’t want to see the movie but the more I thought about it the more I realised there was a link. That’s because we’re kind of OK talking about sex now. Thanks to Sex & The City, 50 shades of Grey and more it’s quite OK to have a conversation over lunch about sex but if you were to bring up money, it’s a whole different matter. That’s because unless we’re talking about property and interest rates there is an ick factor when it comes to talking about money and so this month I’ve been writing articles for the Sydney Morning Herald & affiliates, giving interviews and speaking to different groups about 50 shades of Ick and encouraging them to start talking & doing something about their finances.
And it’s working. From women & men emailing me & sending me messages on social media to Studio 10 (Channel 10) discussing my article through to being asked to speak to groups of women (and men) about money, finance & business I’m proud to at least have started the conversation that might remove some of the ick from talking about money. Let’s talk about money, baby!